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History: Photos of Long Island in the 1800s

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We dug into the archives to find these pictures from Long Island history.

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Photo: This image is part of the Henry B. Wilson Collection of images and letters. The images were taken by the Henry B. Wilson family during their time in East Hampton as part of the Summer Colony, ca. 1891-1893.

Enjoy these old-time pictures of Long Islanders from the 1800s.

 

The East Hampton Library collection of images has some rare and interesting photos from Long Island's history. According to a description with the photo, this image shows Miss Anna Swain and Samuel Parsons, the assistant postmaster, in front of a post office. It was taken in East Hampton probably sometime between 1844 and 1900, according to the historical collection website.

 

Photo: The Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library.

 

Shown here is an older woman in a shawl. She is holding the hand of a toddler in a white garment.  Behind them is a house with a fence; most likely their home. This photograph was either taken or collected by Amagansett historian and librarian Carleton Kelsey. The photo is estimated to have been taken between 1875 and 1900.

 

Photo: The Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library.

 

The East Hampton Library collection of images has some rare and interesting photos from Long Island's history.  According to a description with the photo, this image shows Captain John Edwards' Tryworks on Atlantic Avenue. There is a group of six men standing in front of the building. The photo was taken anytime between 1880 and 1899.

 

A tryworks is a furnace that was used in the past, sometimes on whaling ships, that were used for rendering whale blubber into oil.

 

Whaling was a dangerous but lucrative endeavor in the early history of Long Island.

 

Photo: The Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library.

 

Harry B. Wilson and his mother, Grace B. Wilson, seated under a tarp at the beach. The woman on their left is probably Sarah Antoinette Fiske Butterworth (Grace's aunt). The image may have been taken at Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y. This image is part of the Henry B. Wilson Collection of images and letters.

 

Photo: The images were taken by the Henry B. Wilson family during their time in East Hampton as part of the Summer Colony, ca. 1891-1893.

 

Henry B. Wilson (1845-1896) on horseback in front of a house, probably the James S. Satterthwaite House in East Hampton, N.Y. Henry's children, Harry B. Wilson (1889-1966) and Helen Wilson (1883-1937) can be seen on the porch behind him.

 

 

Photo: This image is part of the Henry B. Wilson Collection of images and letters. The images were taken by the Henry B. Wilson family during their time in East Hampton as part of the Summer Colony, ca. 1891-1893.

 

The East Hampton Library collection of images has some rare and interesting photos from Long Island's history.

 

According to a description with the image, this picture shows a shack with the word "Bayshore" painted in large letters on the side. There are two men in the photo. One man leans on the building, the other sits on the porch attached to the building. There are several other buildings visible in the background of the image. This photograph was either taken or collected by Amagansett historian and librarian Carleton Kelsey.

 

Photo: The Long Island Collection, East Hampton Library.